This video was made by Cameron Nielsen,
Summerfield graduating class of 2014,
Quest University Graduate 2018

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Interest in the World Inspires Life Long Learning

"Play is the work of childhood" - Jean Piaget

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Creators and Makers Develop Critical Thinking

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Rich, Diverse Curriculum for Initiative and Purpose

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Music Awakens the Inner Life and Enlivens the Soul

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"All Education is Physical Education" - John Ratey

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Request our information packet and tell us about your child. We offer preschool through high school Waldorf education on our beautiful 38-acre campus and farm in Sonoma County. The school was established in 1974 and is the only school in the state with a working Biodynamic farm on its campus.

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Visit Our School

Come and see first hand the richness and depth of Summerfield’s curriculum where experiential learning builds students’ capacities. Experience a day in the life of Sonoma County’s oldest independent school, where academic excellence is cultivated and inspired learning takes place daily.

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Thank you for considering Summerfield Waldorf as you embark on the journey of choosing a school for your family. Summerfield is uniquely positioned to engage its students and faculty, creating a learning environment that fosters the awakening consciousness and abilities of students academically, socially and artistically.

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39th Annual Winter Faire
December 10th, 2022

Reserved Entry Times: 10am & 12:30pm

With a warm winter spirit, we invite the Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm community to come together to celebrate the magic of the season! Children can enjoy engaging in seasonal crafts in the Elves Workshoppe, while parents shop for handmade gifts made by our Artisan community vendors, and warm drinks and sweat treats can be enjoyed by all! Make your evening after the Faire a breeze by pre-ordering a takeaway meal from our 12th Grade class. There will also be opportunities to support a number of other student fundraisers (11th Grade Sweet Shoppe, 8th Grade Holiday Wreaths, 7th Grade Gingerbread Decorating) and much more!

To limit crowding and alleviate parking issues, there will be two separate Faire entrance times (10am & 12:30pm).


• Available for advance purchase only (SWSF families: check your email for info!)
• Ticket purchases limited to Summerfield Waldorf families (but they can be purchased on behalf of one guest family to join them)
• Cost: $11 per child (includes all crafts) | Adults: no charge (but donations greatly appreciated!)

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Why do we have a Rose Ceremony?

At Summerfield, the Seniors give a rose to their new First Grade buddy at the beginning of the school year.  

The rose has been an important symbol in many cultures since ancient times. In most interpretations there is the sense of ideal beauty. One can see in the image of the Rose the combination of ideal and real. This mirrors the non-material and bodily nature of […]

September 6th, 2022|

More green time, less screen time improves mental health

A new collection of 186 studies shows that high levels of time spent in nature are associated with positive mental health, cognitive functioning, and academic achievement benefits for children and adolescents. 

Conversely, high levels of screen time are associated with depression, anxiety, stress, and poor self-regulation. 

That’s why Waldorf Schools emphasize outdoor learning and […]

August 29th, 2022|

What Makes for an Outstanding School System?

Finland has developed one of the most successful school systems in the world. Although the United States education system as a whole does not reflect the methodologies used in Finland, the Waldorf School system does.  

So, what makes the Finnish model so different from most American schools, yet so similar to Waldorf Schools? 

In both Waldorf education and Finland’s educational […]

August 16th, 2022|

At all stages of education, Summerfield’s curriculum is designed to develop not only the student’s mind but also their character. It develops empathy, collaboration, and shared responsibility between students, teachers and the world around us, cultivating openness to possibilities and a sense of stewardship. Course content focuses on giving students an in-depth understanding of the subject at hand while providing them a context to work on themselves as emerging individuals.

Meaningful Learning

Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm teaches students to be creative, critical thinkers with a strong moral compass, who are open and resilient, and can turn challenges into possibilities. This approach to learning integrates the arts with academic rigor, and experiential, hands-on activities. Students are provided with the opportunity to take risks, think imaginatively and embrace new opportunities with initiative, creativity, and resilience.

Creative, Critical Thinking

Summerfield is accredited by both AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). The courses offered exceed the University of California’s admissions requirements, and Summerfield students score consistently high on SAT scores for Sonoma County while enjoying acceptance at the colleges and universities of their choice. Summerfield high school students engage in a comprehensive study of a variety of disciplines.

A Proven Path to Success

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Our Programs

Early Childhood

Our early childhood program provides children with a calm and joyful experience filled with magic and reverence.

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Lower School

The lower school curriculum is dynamic and diversified, offering humanities, mathematics, science and the arts.

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High School

The high school curriculum inspires students to be active in their own learning and understand how to educate themselves.

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Alumni Testimonials

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